11-15 DECEMBER 2019

kimff Submission Guidelines

In 2019, the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (kimff) will be held from 11-15 December in Kathmandu, the cultural and cosmopolitan capital of the Himalayan region. It is the 17th event of kimff. By screening some of the most recent and exciting films about mountain people, cultures , societies, environment, sports and adventure from various corners of the world, kimff seeks to celebrate the complexity and diversity of mountain life. kimff will organize other special events to commemorate its 17th event.

kimff will be curating a diverse range of films from Nepali and international makers for kimff 2019. The spotlight will be on amplifying voices from the margins. All films in competition will be viewed by an international jury. Filmmakers can choose whether or not to submit their films for competition. Accepted films not selected for competition will be screened and be eligible for the Audience Award. Films made by Nepalese filmmakers will participate in ‘Nepal Panorama’, a separate showcase of Nepali entries. The objective of ‘Nepal Panorama’ is to promote Nepali films and nurture the local film community in all genres.

In the presence of filmmakers, film enthusiasts, critics, scholars, authors, journalists, artists, activists and mountaineers, the festival will include discussion forums, on-demand screenings, guest lectures, and exhibitions of books, photography exhibitions and workshops for filmmakers.


Films made after 1 January 2017 are eligible for entry. To ensure that the full range of mountain issues will be available to the participants and audience of kimff, no restrictions have been set in terms of discipline, genre, length, and format of the films. The entries can be documentaries, full-length features, shorts, animation or experimental. Films can be on any theme including ethnography, adventure, investigative reportage, abstract, or personal narratives.


Entry is free of cost. Entries without the duly completed entry form will not be considered. All entries must be accompanied by a labeled film promo image (800px * 600px/ 72 dpi) for use in the festival catalogue and promotion. Films once entered cannot be withdrawn. The cost of mailing the films to kimff must be covered by the entrants themselves. The festival will not be responsible for any loss, damage, and/or delay of films in transit.


All entries must reach the kimff Secretariat in Kathmandu by 30 August 2019.


Entries for selection will be accepted only in MP4 format either sent to us by courier, preferably in a Flash or Portable Hard drive or by a downloadable ‘direct’ link (Google Drive, Dropbox, We Transfer, Mega etc.). If sent by courier, in order to facilitate customs procedures, the entry package should be labeled “Only for cultural purpose, no commercial value.”


All entries will be viewed by a preview committee and the selection will be completed by 2 October 2019. The directors and /or producers of accepted entries will be immediately notified and requested to send copies in professional video formats for screening at the festival. The festival does not send out rejection letters.

The preview committee will decide whether the films selected for 'Nepal Panorama' will be screened in the international section.


The professional video format for screening should reach the kimff Secretariat by 15 November 2019.

Please note, as a matter of policy
kimff will not pay any screening fees.


The format for final submission is preferably in Flash Drive/Hard Drive in the following format though Blu-Ray video may also be accepted.

Video Container: MP4, MOV, MPG/MPEG, TS/M2TS
Video Resolution: 1920x1080 (Recommended), 1280x720
Video Codec: AVC/h.264/x264 (Recommended), mpeg2
Audio Codec: AC3 (Recommended), AAC
Audio Channels: 2.0 (Stereo) (Recommended), 5.1 (Only in AC3)
Subtitles: Hard Coded (Burnt-in to video on the picture area) (Placing the subtitles on the bottom black bar of the video is strongly discouraged)

The guidelines provided above should be followed strictly.


The festival may use up to 10 percent of the entry’s running time for promotional purposes.


Cash prizes, along with citations and trophies, will be awarded for overall excellence to the directors of the three best films chosen by an international jury.

International Competition:

First Prize: NRs. 2, 00,000.
Second Prize: NRs. 1, 50,000.
Third Prize: NRs. 1, 00,000.

Nepal Panorama:

Best Documentary NRs. 50,000.
Best Fiction NRs. 75,000.
Audience Award NRs. 50,000.

Best ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development) Mountain Film AwardUS $ 1000.

AFK Subtitle Support

Alliance Française de Katmandou (AFK) will support Nepali prize winning filmmakers to subtitle their films in French language.

The Film Development Board of Nepal will sponsor one award in ‘Nepal Panorama’.

All films will be eligible for the Audience Award which carries a citation and a trophy.


Entering films to kimff 2019 indicates that the entry copies will be a part of the kimff archive maintained by the kimff Secretariat. These copies will be maintained as record and for reference. The films kept in the archive will not be distributed or screened commercially, but may be included in other screenings associated with kimff if permission is given by the filmmaker. The final prints will be returned upon request and kimff will bear the mailing cost.

The dispatching of any film to kimff implies acceptance of kimff regulations. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend the festival, and the organizers shall make every effort to help with travel advisories and will provide accommodation in Kathmandu during the festival.

Travelling kimff

A special selection of films from kimff will form a travelling package that will tour the country and to other countries upon request following the main festival. Filmmakers should indicate whether they want their films to be included in the package.

In case of any controversy on a matter not mentioned in the above regulations, the Festival Director, in consultation with the Festival Organizing Committee, will decide on appropriate action.

The Director’s word shall be final.

For more information Please Contact
Ms. Ramyata Limbu (Festival Director)
Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (kimff)

Himal Association
  • 540 Lazimpat, Narayan Gopal Sadak
  • Kathmandu - 2, Nepal
  • Tel: +977- 1- 4440635 | Fax: +977-1-4001596
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  • www.kimff.org

Mailing address:
Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (kimff)

Himal Association
  • P.O.Box 166, Patan Dhoka,
  • Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal

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